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Mattera begins her third season as the head coach of the Cornerstone women’s basketball program. During her first season she helped lead the Golden Eagles to a 19-12 overall record while being ranked number seven in NAIA Division II in Defensive Rebounds per Game (30.226). Prior to her debut as Cornerstone’s coach, Mattera had an eight-year career in professional basketball, including five years in the WNBA.
"First and foremost, Katie brings to Cornerstone a love for Jesus Christ and a passionate desire to mentor and develop young women as followers of Christ," said Dave Grube, Director of Athletics at Cornerstone. "Beyond that, her experiences at the highest levels of women's basketball will provide us with outstanding player recruitment, development and a blueprint for championship teams. I am confident that Katie will continue the winning tradition at Cornerstone University."
After graduating from Grand Rapids Baptist Academy (now Northpointe Christian High School), Katie Feenstra starred at Liberty University for four years - earning All-American honors and setting school records for blocks and field goal percentage. She led the Flames to the Sweet Sixteen of the 2005 NCAA Women's Basketball tournament before being selected in the first round of the the 2005 WNBA draft. She made the WNBA All-Rookie team and played with four WNBA teams including the Detroit Shock in 2007. Most recently, she completed her pro career in China.
"I have had the privilege of being a player under some of the best coaches in women's basketball during the past few years," said Mattera. "I am thrilled to bring my professional experience and knowledge to Cornerstone."
Mattera has four returning starters and five letter winners from last year’s Cornerstone team that finished 19-12 overall and 13-9 in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference. Mattera welcomes one transfer and five new recruits to this year’s team. .
"Cornerstone offers a fabulous opportunity for me with the incredible program that has been built by Coach Fles," added Mattera. "Best of all, it gives me the opportunity to both mentor and train young student-athletes. I am so excited to use the experiences that God has blessed me with in my career to benefit others.”
Feenstra is married Todd Mattera and they have a son Liam born in April, 2014.
Cornerstone is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and was recently honored as the NAIA's 2012 Champions of Character top institution. Champions of Character promotes Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Servant Leadership and Sportsmanship in athletics.
Katie Feenstra's collegiate and professional playing record
- 2011-12 : playing with Zhejiang (China Pro League)
- 2010-11 : played with Henan Yuguang (China Pro League)
- 2009-10 : played with Henan Yuguang (China Pro League)
- 2009 : played with San Antonio (WNBA)
- 2008 : played with Atlanta (WNBA) - Stats : 14 mpg + 3.9 rpg + 6.7 ppg
- 2007 : played with Detroit (WNBA) - Stats : 13.1 mpg + 4.9 rpg + 5.2 ppg
- 2006 : played with San Antonio (WNBA) - Stats : 18.7 mpg + 6.2 rpg + 7.8 ppg
- 2005 : played with San Antonio (WNBA) - Stats : 19.8 mpg + 5.2 rpg + 8.8 ppg
Liberty University (2005)
Stats : 17.8 ppg + 10.5 rpg + 25.8 mpg
AP All-American Honorable Mention (2004)
Kodak/WBCA All-America Region II Team (2004)
Big South Women's Athlete of the Year (2004)
Big South Player of the Year (2005, 2004, 2003)
All-Big South First Team (2005, 2004, 2003)
Big South All-Rookie Team (2002)
Big South Tournament MVP (2004)
Big South All-Tournament Team (2004, 2003, 2002)
All-time Liberty and Big South leader in career blocks (246) and field goal percentage (.624)
Kara Overbeek Haskill, a native from Holland, Michigan, begins her second season as an assistant coach at Cornerstone University. Haskill graduated from Holland Christian where she was a four-year varsity basketball player. She is also no stranger to the Cornerstone hard-court as she was a four-year player under head coach Carla Fles (2005-2009) and earned her degree in Business Management and a minor in Sport Management. Haskill scored over 1,000 points and averaged 9.8 PPG, 3.8RPG, 1.1 SPG, and 2.3 APG during her career. She also maintained the starting guard position for three years while earning 2nd Team All-Conference and Golden Eagle team MVP her senior year.
Prior to the Cornerstone position, Haskill has had past coaching experience with Calvin College. She was the head coach of the JV team and assistant coach of the varsity program during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons at Calvin. During her two years, her JV team went 22-18 and the varsity squad posted a 53-7 overall record. Haskill married Cornerstone alum, Evan Haskill, in 2009 and has a daughter who was born on February 10, 2012. Kara and Evan reside in Holland.
In response to the coaching opportunity, Haskill noted, “I am excited to be a part of the CU program again and to get the chance to work with coach Mattera. This is a very fun and talented group of girls and I am thrilled to be a part of the coaching staff that will help guide them to their full potential, both as a team and as individuals.”